The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) created Fund Your Park, the first ever crowdfunding site designed specifically for local parks and recreation throughout the United States.
This year three Pennsylvania local park projects have been chosen:
- Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority – To expand the Millbrook Marsh Center with a funding goal of $25,000. Click here to donate to Centre Region.
- Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation and Community Services – To build a more modern playground unit that is safe enough for 2-5 year olds with a funding goal of $5,000. Click here to donate to Elizabethtown.
- Richland Township Parks & Recreation – To install 20 new interpretive nature and environmental signs to replace the current system with a funding goal of $2,000. Click here to donate to Richland Township.
You can make donations from today until August 24th. So act NOW and donate today. Learn more about the projects below.
Centre Region Parks & Recreation Authority
Project: To expand the Millbrook Marsh Nature Center, namely the Spring Creek Education Building.
Funding Goal: $25,000
Importance of Project: The Millbrook Marsh Nature Center and the Spring Creek Education Building itself have increased exponentially in popularity for retreats, workshops, and family events. However, the Nature Center has to turn groups away who are interested in hosting statewide environmental and nature conferences and workshops at Millbrook Marsh due to the limited size of the current temperature-controlled facility. With visitor growth and programming and space limitations, it is clear that the Nature Center is ready for the expansion of the Spring Creek Education Building as the next phase in the 25-year plan.
Community Impact: The expansion of the Spring Creek Education Building will improve the aesthetic and condition of the facility which will lead to increased visitors and activity at the Nature Center. The facility will provide ADA four-season classrooms to increase organized programming, workshops, and classes for area school children of all ages, as well as adult learners. All programs are intended to promote health and wellness and help people build connections to the natural world. Indoor educational programing is often accompanied by outdoor follow-up sessions and guided walks. These programs also provide participants with tools they can take with them to explore the outdoors at their own pace using the 2,500-foot boardwalk and trails through the wetlands and along the three streams flowing through Millbrook Marsh. This expansion will bring permanent and summer staff, volunteers, and our community partners together to provide exciting educational experiences for all ages on important topics such as wetlands, climate change, fly fishing, stream etiquette, wildlife identification, habitat restoration, solar and geothermal energy use, and so much more. The facility will serve as a regional center for experimentation and innovation in natural history, sustainability, and outdoor programming, in a stunning natural setting.
To Donate to Centre Region: CLICK HERE
Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation and Community Services
Project: To build a more modern playground unit safe enough for 2-5 year olds to play on.
Funding Goal: $5,000
Importance of Project: The installation of the 2 to 5 year old play structure will give the community an opportunity to have a complete recreational experience at the Poplar Street Park. By offering appropriate play structures for a variety of age groups, a sensory garden/play area, walking path and athletic fields. GEARS prides itself on being a cornerstone of the community and offering not only recreational programs and community services, but the ability to offer the most up to date recreational equipment and outdoor play opportunities.
Community Impact: This unit will meet the needs of our residents in the community and help give families with children of varying ages a safe and fun place to go to recreate and have fun. As this playground is in the center of Elizabethtown and we have a diverse socioeconomic make up, this will meet the needs of all.
To Donate to Elizabethtown: CLICK HERE
Richland Township Parks & Recreation
Project: Install 20 new Interpretive Nature and Environmental Signs to replace the current system.
Funding Goal: $2,000
Importance of Project: The Richland Township nature trail and exercise loop is a 1 mile trail that can be used by many. This project will help people understand and connect with nature. The signs will point out and educate. At the same time they can get exercise, as there are four “world trail” exercise stations already installed and located along the shaded path. “The future will belong to the nature-smart – those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.” – Richard Louv. This project is one piece in helping to add an educational aspect.
Community Impact: The public park is located in a section of Richland Township that gets a lot of active use from many ages. Presently there are basketball courts, Pickleball courts, and an exercise trail. Adding this educational aspect will help all those that visit.
To Donate to Richland Township: CLICK HERE
Three Pennsylvania Communities Try New Approach to Funding Local Park and Recreation Projects – (DCNR Press Release) 8/1/2017
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